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_The Black Box_ is a series of loosely connected short stories detailing the adventures of Sanford Quest, world\'s greatest criminologist. I read most of it then moved on - awkward dialog, predictable plot, and points of interest few and far between.
11/03/2014
A British gentleman befriends a charming con-man and his beautiful stepdaughter. I highly recommended it for some light amusement. This seems like the sort of thing the film industry would have jumped on at one time, I wonder if it was ever made into a movie?
09/23/2014
Excellent, fast-paced SF novella. Although parts of the plot are far-fetched this one scores a 5 for entertainment value.
09/17/2014
In this short story Conan has barely escaped pursuers after his court appearance does not go well (he kills the judge). Attempting escape by sea, he is quickly captured by a beautiful pirate queen. Plenty of pulpy action follows.
09/10/2014
Beautiful descriptive writing of the crew, ship, and ominous nautical scenes - although the ghost story itself is only fairly good.
09/09/2014
An excellent novel of crime and political intrigue by an obscure author who apparently lived a very active and interesting life. Unfortunately this is W. Holt-White's only book available on manybooks.net.

Here is a link I found with some information about the author, including a bibliography, in case you are interested:

http://bearalley.blogspot.com/2007/08/w-holt-white.html

08/23/2014
Surprisingly disappointing considering the 4 star aggregate review. Weak plot and the only memorable characters either die early or are memorable only for their annoying qualities. I am in the minority on this one, decide for yourself.
08/19/2014
Space pulp, with most of the standard elements - the down-on-his-luck space pilot, the scantily clad space-babe with a mission. Throw in evil aliens in pursuit and how can you go wrong? Nothing deep here, but a decent time killer if you're stuck in a waiting room.
08/09/2014
Fairly good espionage novella. The plot is contrived but entertaining. None of the characters really stand out, they are formulaic for the time. Persistent police, evil villains, and a woman in harm's way.
08/09/2014
One of the best crime novels I have found on this site. Not really a "mystery", as the crimes are clearly portrayed. The four-way game between the intelligent criminal, peripheral criminals, pursuers, and victims is brilliantly written. I agree with the "6 star" comment, this book really stands out.
07/25/2014
Ica - A Book For Your Soul
FEATURED AUTHOR - Ica, the author's pseudonym, is a nickname given by his brother when he was a child. His actual name is Mihail Militaru, and he was born in Romania during the communist era. That period has affected him profoundly and formed him at the same time. The communist regime believed that religion and especially God had to be removed from people's lives. That was the teaching given at every stage of development, from kindergarten to university. Ică had to learn God's lessons negating existence, and as… Read more